Case Studies 

We're so fortunate to work a number of fantastic students, schools and charities. Click on any of the headings below to see their unique and inspiring stories. 

Exemplar teacher helps students thrive with mentor scheme

We went to Green Spring Academy, Shoreditch, to see how Ms Higdon made the school's fifth First Give programme and Final their best yet.

Sydney Russell sixth former's stand out social action

Read on to see what sixth form students decided to do in order to raise awareness of gang and knife crime within their school community.

 Find out about how students from Acton High School are choosing to continue their giving journey after the First Give programme.

To celebrate ‘National Storytelling Week’, we thought it was a great opportunity to share a little about us and to answer one of the most common questions we’re asked: How did First Give begin?’

We run through our history to tell you how First Give was founded and why.

It is an exciting time at First Give, as we get ready to launch our new programme in September 2017. One of the first schools to run the new programme as a pilot was Townley Grammar School, in Bexley. Townley Grammar School have ran First Give for 3 years with excellent outcomes. But we could not believe what we had this year!

We had our first ever South East Consortium Final at Dagenham Park school, where two winning teams from four South East schools competed against one another. The winning teams went above and beyond in helping their charity.

"He is blind, deaf and is known as the “boy who baffles doctors”. The youngest of 5 siblings, Alfie was born with a rare genetic condition known as ‘unbalanced chromosome translocation’. In fact, it is so rare; he is the only person on the planet that has this condition.   

A group of students at Llangynwyd School in Bridgend, South Wales, decided to support Alfie as part of the First Give programme.

It is always heart-warming to hear of students going the extra mile for their chosen charity on the First Give programme. So we were thrilled to hear of students from Bentley Wood School who decided to fundraise £1,000 for Syrian babies through their chosen charity, Islamic Help.

You may have read that in this academic year First Give expanded into Wales – our first area outside of the South East! Read all about the experience of one of our first teachers to complete the programme in Wales.


 "A small charity like ours really appreciates what these students have done for us".

“I’ve been round to his house and met his mum hundreds of times. His mum looked fine – you couldn’t tell by looking and that’s the thing with Neurofibromatosis, you can’t always tell if someone has it.”

A catalyst into social action: Shaeera's journey                                                                           

“I just didn’t want to be that girl who gets in trouble anymore, I wanted to be the girl who got praise and did good things.”

“Make sure you pick a charity that’s important to you, that you have something to say about.”

Shakirah Ayinbode, Emily Brierley, Shaan Ghag, Jenna Hillman, Sophia Lis and Chloe Matthews, all members of 10 Persephone at Townley Grammar school, competed in their school’s First Give Final, an occasion made possible by the generosity of the Jack Petchey Foundation.

"We went to visit the charity once or twice. We were allowed to talk with the young carers, to see what kinds of activities they wanted to do.’ The group was drawn to this particular charity because of its work with young people. ‘It’s easier for us to understand what they need and what they want, because it’s what we need and want as well."


 "As a teenager my biggest every day worry is: what shoes or clothes should I wear? For these teenagers it’s very different. For them the worry is where am I going to sleep tonight? Should I stay on the night bus and sleep at the back? People my age should not have to deal with these issues and especially not in this country.” 

Nikael decided to use the First Give to ensure that the curriculum provided her students with the opportunity to become active citizens in their community. 

Jay, a Support Worker at Hillside Clubhouse a mental health charity was approached by students from Queen’s Park Community School about First Give.


 Nigel Harris, Director of Camden LGBT, heard about First Give when local students on the programme called him up to visit the charity.

“The First Give programme has taken me on such a wonderful journey. I’ve been able to develop my speaking skills, confidence and have made new friends.